The 2023 Volkswagen Amarok has been imagined in this new set of renderings.
Using official teaser sketches released by Volkswagen, Swiss Amarok accessories company Black Sheep commissioned illustrator Sascha Thilmany to create these renderings, featuring the brand's products.
The new Amarok will be based on the next-generation Ford Ranger, due to be unveiled in late 2021 for arrival into showrooms in early 2022, but executives from the German car maker insist its dual-cab ute will retain "Volkswagen DNA".
To ensure the Amarok will be more than just a rebadged Ranger, Volkswagen has sent personnel from its commercial vehicles department to work with Ford Australia's design and engineering teams, who are leading the project.
"We know what our Amarok means to our customers and fans in Australia. And that’s the reason why we are really working hard to have a 100 per cent Volkswagen, a true Volkswagen, and not only a rebadged Ford," Head of Design at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Albert-Johann Kirzinger, said in a video published in 2020.
Above and top: Unofficial 2023 Volkswagen Amarok renderings from Black Sheep/Thilmany Creative.
"I want you to rest assured that this Amarok will be a real beast."
Following Volkswagen's newly-adopted design language, the unofficial renderings show a full-width LED light bar integrated into the ute's grille.
Both headlights and tail-lights are also LED, while the vehicle's C-pillar features a wedge-shape shown previously in teasers and spotted on camouflaged Ford Ranger prototypes.
A number of off-road accessories have also been added to the Thilmany Creative concept from Black Sheep's catalogue, including additional LED light bars, tow hooks, storage, and a roof-top tent. Raised suspension and more aggressive tyres add to the look.
Though yet to be confirmed, it's believed Volkswagen could persuade Ford to fit its 3.0-litre 'Power Stroke' turbo-diesel V6 from the F-150 pick-up, which closely matches the current turbo-diesel V6 offered in the Volkswagen – and considered a major selling point for the model.
The current V6 Amarok produces 190kW and 580Nm, while the Ford F-150 diesel V6 sits at 185kW and 600Nm.
Recent reports out of the US have suggested the Ford Ranger Raptor will get a twin-turbo petrol V6 borrowed from the 300kW/563Nm Ford Explorer ST, though it's unknown whether the engine will make it to Australian shores.
While the illustration is an unofficial take on what the 2023 Amarok will appear to look like when it's released in late 2022, the images have been shared among Volkswagen executives on social media websites, suggesting it could be close to the final product.